EC announces nomination, scrutiny deadlines for five state assembly polls

New Delhi, Oct. 4 (ANI): While announcing the polling dates for five states - Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram-Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath also declared the date of notification, the dates for the filing of nominations, scrutiny of nominations and withdrawal of nominations.

Sampath said that Delhi's last date of nomination is 9 November, last date for nominations is 16 November and date for scrutiny of nominations is fixed for 18 November.

The last date for withdrawal of nomination in Delhi is 20 November.

He said that Chhattisgarh would go to polls in two phases, last day of nomination is 25 October and scrutiny of nomination on 26 October.

Chhattisgarh will be going for elections in 2 phases, and the notification for 1st phase has been decided for 18 October, while the notification for 2nd phase has been fixed for 1 November.

For Madhya Pradesh, the date of notification is 1 November, while the last date of nomination is 8 November.

Scrutiny of the nomination in Madhya Pradesh has been announced for 9 November, and date of polls is 25 November.

Last date of notification for Rajasthan will be 5 November and last date for nominations in the state has been fixed for 12 November.

The date for scrutiny of nomination in Rajasthan has been announced as 13 November, while the deadline for withdrawal of candidatures in the state has been fixed for 16 November.

The last day for notification in Mizoram will be 9 November and last date for nominations in the state is 16 November.

The date for scrutiny of nominations in Mizoram is 18 November and the last day for withdrawing nominations is 20 November.

The schedule for bye-elections from 167-Surat West Assembly constituency in Gujarat and 83-Yercaud (ST) Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu were also announced as: date of polling-4 December; date of notification- 9 November; last date for nomination- 16 November; date for scrutiny of nominations- 18 November; and last date of withdrawal of candidature- 20 November.

Sampath also announced the polling dates for five states, including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram, on Friday.

Addressing a news conference this afternoon, Sampath said elections for Chhattisgarh would be held first and in two phases-on November 11 and 19.

Elections in Madhya Pradesh would be held on November 25. Elections in Rajasthan would be held on December 1, while elections in Delhi and Mizoram would be held on December 4, he added .

Sampath also said that the Model Code of Conduct for elections in these five states comes into effect immediately.

He said that in all 11 crore people would be eligible to exercise their right to vote at 1, 30,000 polling stations in these five states.

He also said that all measures are in place to conduct free and fair polls, including elaborate security arrangements.

Sampath said due protection would be given to Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste voters and at vulnerable booths.

He announced that for the first time, the Election Commission would be deploying Central Awareness Observers to motivate voters to exercise their franchise in a bid to increase the voter turnout.

Taking note of the Supreme Court's recent ruling, giving voters the right to reject candidates in the electoral fray, Sampath said the Election Commission is taking adequate measures to educate both voters and officials deployed for election duty for the same.

He said the counting of votes for all five states would take place on December 8. (ANI)

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